£10m of funding up for grabs for historic communities

Places of historic interest across the Western Isles are set to benefit from a £10 million funding boost from Historic Environment Scotland.

The new lead heritage body which cares for, protects and promotes the historic environment has announced that funding is now open to applications from across Scotland.

The funding, which is distributed through Historic Environment Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) encourages local authorities to invest in their historic environment, repairing and restoring the built environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration.

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This is the seventh round of funding bringing the overall contribution to £45 million invested by Historic Environment Scotland since 2007 to the benefit of more than 56 projects across the country.

Dr David Mitchell, Acting Chief Executive for Historic Environment Scotland, said: “Our investments the length and breadth of Scotland both support and inspire people and communities to utilise their heritage for the future.

“What we aim to do is to facilitate decision making at a local level with funding allocated to priority projects which have a key focus on the wider contribution that the historic environment brings to communities – with benefits ranging from helping to breathe life back into high streets, providing employment opportunities or acting as a tourism driver.

“Since we launched CARS, many towns and villages across Scotland have benefited from this funding, from Orkney to the Borders.

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“Releasing another round of £10 million funding will give more areas than ever before the opportunity to benefit from this investment.”

The deadline for CARS applications is Wednesday 31 August 2016. For more information and to apply visit: website